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Once Upon An Alphabet - Oliver Jeffers

We always welcome a new book by Oliver Jeffers and Once Upon An Alphabet does not look like it will disappoint. Featuring a short story for each of the letters this will bring the alphabet to life in a whole new way. With the usual beautiful Jeffers illustration style and something of an Edward Gorey feel to it, I am sure this will be a hugely popular book with kids and parents alike. 

‘Tin’ by Chris Judge Book Launch at The Gutter Press

For those of you handy to Dublin city centre pop down to The Gutter Bookshop  in Temple Bar 18.30 till 20.00 for the launch of Chris Judge’s new book Tin. Featuring robots and an adventure in the big city, I am looking forward to many bedtime story readings of this one with the boys.



The Brave Beast - Book launch & print exhibition

Chris Judge has teamed up with Damn Fine Print to create a limited edition set of prints to launch his new picture book, The Brave Beast. Beastly fans can catch up with Chris and the Beast at the book launch in The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin on Saturday 9th March between 11 and 3. But if you can’t wait till then you can buy the prints online here and download Beast freebies here




This Moose Belongs To Me - Oliver Jeffers

Another beautiful picture book from one of our household favourites, Oliver Jeffers. This Moose Belongs To Me tells the story of friendship and ownership with the usual wonderful illustration we have come to expect. Check out the book trailer above and buy it here. (via Sarah Webb)

The Hueys - New series of books and competition from Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys in The New Jumper is the first in a new series of picture books by one of our household favourites, Oliver Jeffers. Featuring a group of characters, the Hueys, who all look the same until one day, Rupert decides to knit a new jumper. To follow the progress of the book tour follow 'Oliver's Tour Diary' and make sure to enter the make your own Huey competition here. If you simply want to buy the book now, you can purchase through amazon at the Candestore.

The Great Explorer - Chris Judge

Irish writer / illustrator Chris Judge is back with The Great Explorer, his follow-up to the award-winning The Lonely Beast, and it’s another winning tale of a journey into the unknown.

Our protagonist Tom takes a trip to the North Pole, in search of his father who is a famous explorer. On the way, he enjoys a slew of hair-raising adventures and beastly encounters.

The story affords plenty of opportunities to contrast enthralling full-page illustrations of giant icebergs and the Northern Lights, with other pages rich with detail across multiple frames.

We’d see this story as suitable for a bedtime toddler read, even if the concept of Dad disappearing may be a little heavy for young hearts! There is plenty of gentle learning involved, introducing some new animals, the concept of the North Pole, maps and igloo building. One page in particular sees Tom navigate from iceberg to iceberg, using varied verbs “Tom jumped hopped, skipped, bounded and leapt across the ice…”, a handy technique to help toddler with the concept of multiple ways of describing similar actions.

For young kids an adventurous journey is unbeatable, especially if it’s filled with boats, helicopters, balloons and plenty of animals. Tom’s bag of provisions and equipment is reminiscent of the ubiquitous Dora’s backpack, with one clever illustration detailing everything Tom takes on the journey. Overall the story affords very good scope for a child to learn some new nouns and verbs, while enjoying Tom’s travels and the very colourful landscape that is Judge’s North Pole. And although not as easy for toddler Cal to chant as Beast, after one day he seems to be making a fairly good effort at announcing grandly, “The Great Explorer!” every time he turns over to the cover. Watch out too for the Beast in a Hitchcockian style in-story cameo.
The Great Explorer will be available from 2nd February, with launch and signing on 4th February in the Central Hotel, Dublin. Full details on the launch here, purchase on Amazon here and for an additional preview of the book, check out the very cinematic trailer here.

Our Favourite Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Part of the excitement of the Christmas season is definitely the preparation and build up to the big day. As part of that we are changing our bedtime story selection to a more Christmassy and snowy selection to get everyone in the mood.

In no particular order here are some of the books we will be reading in the next couple of weeks with Cal and Edie (and a couple that may appear in their Christmas stockings too!).

Stick Man - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A snowy classic from this years English Children’s book laureate, Stick Man’s adventures come to a very happy end with the aid of a certain red suited gentleman. A big favourite with both Cal and Edie.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss

A classic from Dr Seuss that has been turned into animated and film versions but the book is definitely still the original and the best.

Aliens Love Panta Claus - Claire Freedman & Ben Cort 

The garishly bright illustrations of the Aliens Love series may not appeal to every parent however kids seem to love them so definitely on Cal’s Santa wishlist this year.

The Night Before Christmas - Clement C Moore & Christian Birmingham

The perfect family gathered around the fire place pre bedtime story and this edition with it’s classic illustrations will help create many wonderful Christmas dreams and memories.

Olive the Other Reindeer - J Otto Seibold & Vivian Walsh

A new Christmas tale of a dog with reindeer confusion. We love Seibold’s illustrations so this would be a very welcome to the Christmas story time selection.

The Gruffalo’s Child - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Not a Christmas story as such but a snowy story with a peaceful and sleepy ending which is enjoyed all year around in our house. Even preferred over the original Gruffalo itself.

The Santa Trap - Jonathan Emmett & Poly Bernatene

A Christmas story featuring tigers, dynamite and cages…definitely an exciting change from all the quiet joy.

The Snowman - Raymond Briggs

A truly magical Christmas story that every child should experience, the original book by Raymond Briggs still stands as a Christmas classic.

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming - Lemony Snickett & Lisa Brown

We love the words of Lemony Snickett so this one may be more of a mummy’s favourite with it’s introduction to holiday traditions outside of the standard Christmas festivities.

Dream Snow - Eric Carle

We were thrilled to discover this snowy Christmas story from the wonderful Eric Carle and look forward to many Christmases exploring his beautiful illustrations if Santa delivers all our Christmas wishes!

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